Child Safety

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing and participation of all children and young people is paramount. DOSCEL's Commitment Statement to Child Safety affirms our commitment to:

  • zero tolerance to child abuse

  • listen to and empower children and young people

  • keep children and young people safe.

Child Protection

Protection of children and young people is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God, and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered.

DOSCEL is committed to child protection strategies and procedures to ensure the care, safety and protection of all children and young people in Catholic schools in the Diocese and safeguarding children and young people against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse and/or neglect.

Victorian Child Safe Standards

DOSCEL is committed to complying with Ministerial Order No. 870: Child Safe Standards - Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools, and following the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

Child Safety also considers the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable.

Prevention and Response

Preventing and responding to child abuse requires a whole of community response to bring about broad cultural change. To this end, the Victorian Child Safe Standards apply to a broad range of organisations that provide services for children, including schools, churches, sporting clubs and youth services.

Ensuring we have child safe communities goes to the heart of our faith and core purpose. Therefore, we are dedicated to upholding the values and practices that create safe learning environments for students.

Reporting and Contacts

There are a number of supports available when responding to incidents, disclosures or suspicions of child abuse.

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited

Industrial Relations / Human Resources

Child Protection Officer

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police: 000

DHHS Child Protection: 131 278

Other Services

Australian Childhood Foundation: 1800 176 453

BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636

Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA): 1800 806 292

Child Wise: 1300 CHILDWISE

Commission for Children and Young People: 1300 782 978

eHeadspace: 1800 650 890

Kids First: (03) 9450 0900

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Lifeline: 13 11 14

MensLine Australia: 1300 787 978

Office of the eSafety Commissioner: 1800 880 176

Safe Steps: 1800 015 188

Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation

Teams (SOCIT)

  • Southern Metropolitan - Dandenong: (03) 8769 2200

  • Eastern Victoria - Bairnsdale: (03) 5150 2677

  • Eastern Victoria - Morwell: (03) 5120 0351

  • Eastern Victoria - Wonthaggi: (03) 5671 4100

  • Eastern Victoria - Sale: (03) 5142 2200

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA): (03) 9287 8800

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: (03) 9411 9411

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

Policies

Other Resources

Legislation